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French parody "Tourette's Superstar" - funny or lame?

By Johnny Summerton
Posted Apr 19, 2012 in Entertainment
Back in March the BBC announced plans to launch a new kind of reality TV show - one which "will follow three Tourette's sufferers as they prepare to sing live in front of friends and family."
It was apparently no April Fool and it didn't take long for French comedians to latch on to the idea of parodying the idea.
The lampooning came in a recent edition of "On n'demande qu'à en rire", an early evening comedy show broadcast on France 2 public television to provide a showcase for new talent.
The whole premise of the programme, devised and presented by Laurent Ruquier, is that established comedians can help give up-and-coming ones a helping hand by telling them what they think of their sketches and voting accordingly.
The studio audience also gets its say as does the viewing public - once a week.
Contestants are given a topical story as the theme of their stand-up routine and if they secure enough points they can come back again...and again...and again.
The whole thing is a sort of wannabe factory production line for would-be comedians with professionals giving their thoughts on those that might follow in their footsteps.
So in principal, the idea has something going for it.
Except for one thing.
It's extremely unfunny most of the time.
On the whole it's not clever or entertaining but rather daft and mindless.
Take the case of that recent sketch lampooning the BBC's plans for a Tourette's TV talent show by Jérémy Ferrari.
It earned the perfect score - 100/100 - from the judges, Ruquier and the studio audience.
Ferrari is one of the darlings of the show having appeared more than 70 times and together with several other regulars, put on a performance of Tourette Academy.
He was the MC - a sort of cross between Benjamin Castaldi (Loft story and Secret Story) and Nikos Aliagas (Star Academy) - his "partners in comic crime" were the contestants.
The audience howled, the judges were full of praise and Ruquier was beside himself.
Really? Was it that funny?
Or do you think it was all...well rather lame?
It doesn't matter if you don't speak French as the sketch really is a case of one where actions speak more clearly than words.

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